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NEWSLETTER                                          Fall 2020

Warmest fall greetings from your ATL Symphony Musicians! 

We hope this newsletter finds you healthy and enjoying the cooler temperatures. Our musicians have been excited and grateful to return to performing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. We have many Covid precautions, including fewer musicians on stage, plexiglass, health and temperature checks, and lots of distance between us, but it was incredible to record the music for our opening week for virtual streaming! After six months of not being able to play together, it was a true joy to hear the artistry of all of our colleagues again. Many musicians have also been involved in activities in our community, including virtual concerts, interviews, masterclasses, and social media events. 

Please follow ATL Symphony Musicians on Facebook for our latest updates. We have some recent posts about the six inspiring new musicians joining us this season!

We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to vote! No matter your political affiliation, this is a critical time in the history of our country and we urge you to take part in our democratic process. To learn more, visit:

2020-21 ASO Virtual Stage
We are thrilled to be back performing at Symphony Hall! As you might have guessed, things look a little different both onstage and from the audience, due to procedural changes because of Covid-19. While we can’t have a live audience yet, we encourage you all to become members of The Virtual Stage, our new online concert platform. 

Choose any 3 online concerts from our reimagined Fall season for $48, or all 6 concerts for $96! Becoming a Member is fast and easy, and you get great perks! CLICK HERE for more information.

Six exciting concerts remain in our reimagined Fall Season: 

Mozart and More - October 15, 2020
Principal Cello Rainer Eudeikis Performs Haydn - October 22, 2020
Principal Bassoon Andrew Brady Performs Hertel - November 12, 2020
Robert Spano Conducts Ravel - November 28, 2020
Wagner and Beethoven - December 10, 2020

SPECIAL: Talent Development Program Alumnus, Double-Bassist Xavier Foley Joins the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra - November 19, 2020

Backstage Banter
Started in August 2020, Backstage Banter puts the spotlight on your ATL Symphony Musicians! Join Emily Brebach, ASO English Horn and Moderator, on these Zoom call hangouts twice a month on Facebook Live. Follow ATL Symphony Musicians on Facebook to get updates.
Next Backstage Banter features the ASO Clarinet section on
Saturday, October 24

Laura Ardan (Principal Clarinet), Ted Gurch (Associate Principal/E-flat Clarinet), Marci Gurnow (Second Clarinet), and Alcides Rodriguez (Bass Clarinet). 

Take a Bow...

Paul Barrett, Stage Manager
Christina Smith, Principal Flute of the Atlanta Symphony, interviewed Paul Barrett, ASO Stage Manager, about life backstage and how he started in the profession. 
Christina Smith: How long have you been with the ASO?
Paul Barrett: It was my 17th anniversary in July 2020; I started in July 2003. Before that I was stage manager of the Milwaukee Symphony and assistant stage manager of the Saint Louis Symphony. 

CS: How did you get started in the field of stage managing and production?
PB: I am originally from Saint Louis, and I had the opportunity to get started in stage work when I was 20 years old and I've never looked back. I've always been interested in the stage-I was involved in band and chorus as a high school student, where I was voted "senior musician of the year". Interesting fact: I once played Luther Billis in South Pacific! 

CS: What are your responsibilities as Senior Production Manager of the ASO?
PB: My job is to make sure the stage is set for anything that is happening that day, which includes the orchestra, chorus, auditions, Symphony Hall Live, Movies in Concert, etc. I am also in charge of the stage at offsite venues. I'm responsible for hiring the stage labor, the lighting and audio, and the budgeting for all stage related things. 

CS: What's your favorite part of your job?
PB: Definitely being with the musicians. I love the musicians because they are smart, articulate, and we think the same way. We have really great conversations. Also, I work with a great team of stage guys. They are all fantastic. Another thing has been getting to see the world. When I worked for the Saint Louis Symphony, I got to tour with the orchestra to Europe, the Far East, the East and West Coasts of the US, and Carnegie Hall. 

CS: What do you like to do in your free time?
PB: I like to spend time with family and friends, and play a little golf. I have two grown kids and two little dogs. My son is 25 and lives in Shanghai, and my daughter is a college student here in Atlanta. 
Miles with Marci
...because life is more fun on foot!

The ATL Symphony Musicians recently were approached by local artist Hillery Terenzi to take part in her project #WearTheDamnMask. The Instagram campaign focuses on promoting mask wearing so musicians and artists can resume work in concert halls. Check out her Instagram account (@hillymonster) to see all these great images or check the ATL Symphony Musicians’ Facebook starting today for the full spread! And remember: WEAR THE DAMN MASK!
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